KEEP Australia Beautiful is calling on communities around the nation to ensure waste from this weekend's Australia Day celebrations end up in a bin and not our beaches, highways or waterways.
Tonnes of rubbish including tents, umbrellas, foldout chairs, prams, bathers, bikinis, thongs, sandals, sunscreen, toys, towels and piles of Australia Day paraphernalia are expected to be left by departing revellers.
Keep Australia Beautiful National chief executive Peter McLean wants everyone to take some pride in cleaning up our own backyard.
“The patriotic public holiday is one of the year’s worst days for littering,” Mr McLean said.
“We all love Australia’s sweeping plains but our volunteers are sick of sweeping drains full of rubbish.
“Let’s take a stand this Australia Day and make sure our natural wonders live up to their world-class reputation.
"If you’re celebrating with a BBQ or picnic, put the rubbish in the bin, put the empty bottles in a recycling station or, if you can’t find one, bag it and take it home.
“It’s up to every one of us to show Mother Nature some respect.”